Category: FSAs

Choosing the Right Health FSA Extender

“This flexibility is a strong argument in favor of using this approach when employees transition from traditional to HSA-qualified coverage. Employers and participants must be vigilant to ensure that they don’t make a mistake that negates an employee’s HSA eligibility for an entire 12 months.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance October.. Read more

Understanding Health FSAs

“There are three important ways employees benefit from participating in a Limited-Purpose Health FSA that employers should consider when reviewing whether to offer it:  Additional tax savings, preservation of HSA funds and cash-flow advantages.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance October 12, 2017 One of the more difficult concepts for benefits administrators.. Read more

Let’s Play “Fear Factor: FSA”

“The real fear should be low elections that participants spend well before the end of the plan year. In that case, participants have no forfeited balances, but they lose money by paying for eligible items with after-tax funds once they exhaust their low elections. Psychologically, not gaining something (additional tax advantages, which result in more.. Read more

A Capitol Experience

“Today, the demographics of Health FSA and HSA owners are nearly identical – including family income. No longer is one account blue collar and one white collar.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance June 22, 2017 I recently spent another day on Capitol Hill – my fifth trip this year to meet.. Read more

Hatching a Better HSA

Sen. Hatch, left, and Rep. Paulsen During the past three years, we’ve seen a dramatic change, as a growing number of plans impose coinsurance after the deductible. This change increases members’ potential financial responsibility to as much as $6,550 for self-only coverage and $13,100 for family coverage – figures far above the $3,400 (self-only) and.. Read more

How Well Do You Know Health FSAs?

By William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance Dec. 22, 2016 Health FSAs are pretty well understood by employers and benefit advisors. They’ve been in place since federal tax reform and have changed little during the intervening three decades. For that reason, Health FSA participation hasn’t grown much in recent years. The only.. Read more